Clarence Seedorf is reportedly on the verge of taking AC Milan to the court after feeling injustice in the way he was sacked from the managerial role just before the start of the season. Seedorf was appointed as a replacement for Massimiliano Allegri midway through last season. The Dutchman came to the club with great knowledge of Milan as a whole after having been out of the team for several successful years. This was his first managerial job after having ended his playing career only a few weeks before becoming the Milan manager.
Initial results were extremely good, but they faded away very quickly. Milan ended up without any form of European football for the season after finishing in a disappointing eighth place. The team were on a string of poor results that forced the club to bring in their former striker Filippo Inzaghi as the replacement. Seedorf was out of the job after just a few months. The way in which he was forced out of the club has infuriated the Dutchman, as he claims that he is still in contract with Milan until 2016. He says that he is for around € 2.5 million in defaulted payments.
Reports are that Seedorf could be launching a lawsuit against his former employers in the next few weeks. It remains to be seen if Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi will be prepared to accept an out-of-court settlement. “We hope for a amicable solution and one that satisfies all the parties involved, but the last meeting didn’t go very well. As things currently stand, there is a strong risk that this will end up at a tribunal,” said Treu to an Italian national newspaper. Treu is one of the lawyers representing Seedorf in the upcoming lawsuit. Milan are doing extremely well under the stewardship of Inzaghi.
AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has spoken about the ill-fated regime of Clarence Seedorf for the first time. The Dutchman was sacked from his role as the manager of Milan only a few months ago. He has replaced by Filippo Inzaghi, who has been promoted from the youth team. The decision from Milan to sack Seedorf, who is one of the celebrated players, after just six months in charge of the team has been met with a lot of surprise. Seedorf came in as the replacement for Massimiliano Allegri only during the January transfer window.
Abbiati says that even though performances are extremely good, Seedorf has left the club because it is understood that he had off the field issues with the management. Abbiati reckons that the failure to secure a top three finish last season was primarily known to the poor form that the club experienced in the early part of the season. Even though Allegri led the club too early to tell a few years ago, he was unable to prevent the rapid decline in form after the sale of crucial players. A number of top names have departed Milan in the last few years.
The exodus is expected to continue with Mario Balotelli joining Kaka and Robinho this summer.
“In the past season, we performed poorly in the first half. Twenty-two points [between August and December] was terrible. With Seedorf in the second half [of the season] we played at a high level, but I think there were other issues that do not relate to the locker room affecting us. Inzaghi has a crazy enthusiasm. It’s infectious. The team follows him and pays attention to what he has to share. El Shaarawy? I hope he starts showing the quality he has already demonstrated in the past,” said Abbiati.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has stated that the club should take steps to bring back former midfielder Cesc Fabregas to the club. Fabregas was sold to Barcelona for around £ 35 million a few years ago. This ensured that he returned to the club where he started his career as a youngster. However, the return to Barcelona has been extremely inconsistent for the 26-year-old. The have been times when Fabregas has been criticised by his own supporters. He came close to leaving the club in the summer when Manchester United were heavily interested in him.
After another season of inconsistent form, Fabregas may be put on the market in order to raise money for further purchases. This has opened the window for Arsenal bringing back the player, who did so well for them during his eight-year stay. Wilshere, who has become the new Fabregas within the Arsenal team, says that the Premier league outfit should try and persuade Fabregas to return to the Emirates. Arsenal have already signed a number of high-profile midfielders in recent years with the £ 42 million purchase of Mesut Ozil being the latest.
Arsenal are likely to invest in a striker rather than a midfielder in the summer after Arsene Wenger pointed out the lack of goals from the team.
‘Would you like to have Cesc back in the squad? Of course who wouldn’t?” said Wilshere on his Twitter account. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Wilshere is likely to be fit along with a couple of other players for the FA Cup final. “Ramsey could be available and Wilshere too. Gibbs is also back in the squad, he has been doing normal training, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is still out,” said the Arsenal manager.
The 22-year-old Wilshere has suffered numerous injury problems this campaign, but he is expected to be fit for the World Cup.